The Anything-but-Housing Secretary
On Capitol Hill, Ben Carson revealed he’s barely interested in the mission of the department he’s about to run.
Ben Carson Is an Insult to HUDThen again, the federal government has been mocking its own housing agency for half a century.
The Best Things America Built in 2016A museum. A medical school. A synagogue. What we can learn from the most striking architecture of the year.
We Make Voting Feel GoodA 17-hour day. A lousy paycheck. And a chance to restore faith in the democratic process. Here’s what it’s like to be a poll worker.
Phoenix Has Beef With ArizonaFrom guns to puppies, the state keeps telling its citizens they can’t have the laws they want.
Why Airports Can’t Stop False AlarmsBecause they require finding and isolating a threat that’s not there—and because civilians’ panic is completely rational.
How the Philadelphia Police Chilled Out About ProtestersThey were notoriously aggressive toward activists. Now they’re treating them with a softer touch.
Why Bicycling Infrastructure Fails BicyclistsBecause cities aren’t building complete networks—and police aren’t keeping them safe.
Under Armour’s Slam-Dunk DealThe apparel company’s owner is pursuing a real estate deal that will expand its footprint and help transform Baltimore. Is he asking too much of the city to do so?
Bulldoze Jane JacobsThe celebrated urban thinker wrote the blueprint for how we revitalize cities. It’s time to stop glorifying her theories.
How Minneapolis Made PrinceHis impeccable taste, adventurous sound, and career-spanning restlessness fermented in the city he never left.
Why America’s Public Transportation Is CrumblingThe D.C. Metro isn’t the only system that’s suffering after decades of deferred maintenance. Here’s where it went wrong.
Why More Americans Are Getting EvictedThe practice used to be rare. Now it’s an epidemic. Matthew Desmond, the author of a landmark new book, explains how it happened.
Subway Cars Should Be Like CentipedesMost of the world has figured out this simple solution to overcrowding. Why does the U.S. resist it?
Cities Need a National Movement Against Conservative MeddlingGood news! The mayor of Tallahassee just started it.
“They Can Just Take an Uber”Cities across the country are cutting public transportation because they think ride-hailing services will fill the gap. They’ll regret it.
Trump CountryRural Americans have the power to pick our presidents. They just chose a politician who’s unwilling and unequipped to help them.
Halloween’s Gift to Urban PlanningIt’s called the trick-or-treat test. It’s brilliant. And Zillow ruined it.
The Shackling of the American CityLocal governments want to set their own minimum wages, gun laws, and smoking bans. And statehouses have methodically stripped away their powers to do so.
Full HouseExpensive American cities need to embrace group living. A messy fight in Colorado shows how hard that can be.
Why the RNC Won’t Do a Thing for ClevelandThe city has poured civic energy and hundreds of millions of dollars into the event. It’s unlikely to get much back.
How Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?At a multiple-threat crossing, with great difficulty. How to avoid getting killed (or killing anyone).
Can America’s Worst Transit System Be Saved?Detroit has a chance to allay decades of discord and neglect—if suburbanites vote to put the region first.
Baltimore’s Next Mayor Doesn’t Want to Talk About RacismToo bad almost every issue in Baltimore, from segregation to transportation, is a race issue.
There Is Nothing Accidental About School SegregationIn his new book, Matt Delmont shows how controversies over “forced busing” allowed racist school policies in the North to persist.
Shutting Down Subway Lines Is What Grown-Up Systems DoD.C. is despairing because the Metro might close entire lines for months at a time. That’s not poor service. It’s good care.
The Ghost Tenants of New York CityThe city’s public housing complexes could have more than 100,000 people living there off the books. One of them explains why she does it—and how bad the affordability crisis has become.
Does Baltimore Need DeRay Mckesson?The Black Lives Matter activist has made the city’s mayoral election a lot more complicated. He may be just what it’s missing.